This past week was the first week in over a month that I've put in five whole days at work, so I haven't accomplished too much. But this morning I spent several hours sewing and have done quite a bit!
The first thing I did was work on the buttonholes. I actually put them in before I attached the neck binding, just forgot to photograph it until later. Most are a bit ragged, as I have this love/hate relationship with my buttonhole attachment. The top hole looks pretty good, but all the rest had issues when stitching them out. On each and every one of them the program stopped stitching the second bar too soon, so I had to resort to using the satin stitches in two widths to finish them. Luckily, this wasn't too hard. I have a Viking Designer I and the applique stitches F3 and F4 (adjusted to 4.5 width), matched the buttonhole stitch B2 perfectly. Someday I'll have to sit down and figure out why the buttonholer is so wonky.
Then I rummaged around in my stash and found several yards of this sweet Swiss edging. The bottom view is trimmed to 1/4 inch to better align it to the edge of the fabric. I haven't found a good tutorial on attaching Swiss edging to fabric, so when my current rush of projects is over I may sit down and make one. If anyone knows of one, please let me know!
However, I do have a tip. I use the B foot to attach any entredeux type edgings, as it has a groove on the bottom so the entredeux can easily be centered in it. Then I move my needle position 3.0 to the right, and the needle is always perfectly positioned.
All I need to do now is to add the elastic in the sleeves and all the handsewing of the neck binding, back opening facings and the buttons.
After I took the previous picture I decided it needed something around the hem, so I drew scallops that bottomed out 1 inch above the fabric edge for some featherstitching. I'm using two strands of the pink floss that matches the smocking. The dot above the peak of the scallops mark the spot where I'll add either a bullion rose or bud, depending how long it takes me to do the rest of the handsewing.
Now it's time to sit on the patio with an iced tea and stitch!